10 Years to Zero: News and Action for Tomorrow

The past few weeks have seen huge, hopeful developments toward mobilizing the United States to address the Climate Emergency. We’re pleased to share a snapshot of recent developments like the youth climate strike, recent press about the Climate Emergency Movement, civil disobedience, and the Green New Deal.

Climate Mobilization News

The past few weeks have seen huge, hopeful developments toward mobilizing the United States to address the Climate Emergency. We’re pleased to share a snapshot of recent developments:

 Map:  youthclimatestrikeus.org/strikes
Map: youthclimatestrikeus.org/strikes
  • The youth-led Climate Strike movement is launching over 150 events in the U.S. and 1,659 globally on Friday March 15! A key demand of the Youth Climate Strikes is “the climate crisis should be declared a national emergency because we are running out of time.” We agree!

  • On March 13, Margaret Klein Salamon appeared alongside Author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, David Wallace Wells, Tribal Member of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, Lehman A. Mann, Sunrise Movement co-founder, Sara Blazevic and NRDC Publications Director, Mary Annaïse Heglar at Artists Declare Climate Emergency, an event cosponsored by The Climate Mobilization and Art not War. Designed to “raise awareness and chart solutions for a regenerative tomorrow,” the event gathered creative thinkers and leaders in art and culture to sit with the painful truths of Climate Emergency and discuss a way forward.

Click here to watch a recording.

  • California State Assembly Member Todd Gloria called for a national mobilization to address the threats posed by Climate Emergency. Gloria spoke at a press conference with State Senators Henry Stern and Nancy Skinner, and Assembly Members Wendy Carrillo and Eduardo Garcia, who are working together to craft legislation to make California a leader in declaring a Climate Emergency and getting a mobilization started asap.

Watch the full press conference here.

  • The Climate Emergency Movement is growing! 31 local governments in Australia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Canada declared a Climate Emergency in February.

Check out a complete listing of declared governments on our website.

  • As journalists, scientists, and pundits analyze the Green New Deal, one thing has become clear: We have the technology to accomplish a radical transformation of our economy. Now we need the political will to do it! That’s where we all come in.

Pipeline Protesters

The Green New Deal resolution, discussed below, sets forth a vision for mobilizing and transforming our economy and agriculture toward sustainable, renewable technologies and energy sources through government investment, social welfare programs, and environmental regulation. Preventing climate catastrophe will also require radically reducing, if not eliminating, the use of fossil fuels—and overcoming a $2 billion lobbying campaign by fossil fuel companies in the U.S. alone to preserve their profits at the expense of human and animal life on this planet. Increasing numbers of activists are also approaching the ongoing extraction of fossil fuels as a threat to human civilization and taking tremendous risks to try to stop it.

On October 11, 2016, five men and women cut through fences and shut down pipelines in North Dakota, Washington, Montana, and Minnesota that carried nearly 70 percent of the crude oil imported from Canada into the United States. The Valve Turners, as they called themselves, committed these coordinated acts of civil disobedience as a direct effort to slow down the burning of fossil fuels and draw attention to the crisis of climate change.  Faced with the possibility of human extinction, these pipeline protesters felt called to act in radical ways.

 image: Appalachians Against Pipelines, Facebook
image: Appalachians Against Pipelines, Facebook

The Valve Turners are one of many groups putting their bodies and lives on the line in efforts to physically stop the extraction and flow of oil and gas. The goal of these protests is to prevent oil companies from transporting oil and thus to force them to “leave it in the ground.”. In Virginia, about a dozen young people have established a long-term tree-sit at the Yellow Finch action camp to prevent the construction of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport natural gas through Appalachia.  

In Louisiana, a small camp of protesters have formed the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) protest camp in Chittimacha Atakapaw territory. Members of the L’eau Est La Vie camp have chained themselves to equipment, engaged in tree sits, and formed kayak blockades to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The BBP is the final leg of the Dakota Access Pipeline, whose construction in North Dakota prompted the Standing Rock protests of 2016-2017 led by youth and Water Protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux. (A suit by Energy Transfer against Greenpeace and an Oglala Lakota organizer, Krystal Two Bulls, alleging the protests were the product of an unlawful conspiracy was dismissed last month.)

 image: Mary Pember via Colorlines
image: Mary Pember via Colorlines

Indigenous communities and indigenous young people have led and been on the front lines of many of these direct actions to stop pipelines.  First Nations peoples throughout Canada have invoked tribal sovereignty over unceded lands in efforts to prevent the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and TransCanada’s proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline.  And many indigenous groups, such as the Indigenous Environmental Network, have heralded the Green New Deal as a critical first step in decarbonizing our economy.  The impending global climate catastrophe and the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people are deeply related:

Globally, indigenous peoples are engaging in forms of land management crucial to carbon sequestration (especially in the Amazon, where both the rainforest and its people are threatened by President Bolsonaro of Brazil).  Indigenous peoples are also among the first and most severely affected as we begin to experience the effects of unfettered carbon use.  But indigenous thinkers and activists like Leanne Betasamosake Simpson have also demanded that we think of climate change “as part of a much longer series of ecological catastrophes caused by colonization and accumulation-based society,” and encouraged climate activists to reexamine even more fundamentally how humans relate to planetary limits.

If we think of Climate Mobilization, and the Green New Deal, as drawing inspiration from the massive, society-wide efforts at collective action and transformation during WWII, the pipeline protesters can be compared to resistance fighters: Taking enormous personal risk, on a small scale, to fight a world-historical threat—  and hoping to inspire all of us to sacrifice, and risk, in the service of our future as a species.

Green New Deal is having a significant impact on 2020

On February 7, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced House Resolution 109: Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.  

(Read the text of the Green New Deal Resolution here.)

Many of the declared candidates for the Democratic nomination for President have voiced support for the Green New Deal.  Co-sponsors in the Senate include Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand. For more details, read this rundown of Presidential candidates’ statements on the Green New Deal and climate change.

On February 25, Sunrise Movement led a series of actions across the country demanding action on the Green New Deal from Senators and Representatives. More than 100 youth protesters occupied Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office in D.C. to demand he co-sponsor the Green New Deal resolution. Young people from Youth vs. Apocalypse and Sunrise Movement confronted Senator Dianne Feinstein at her San Francisco office—and the video of her response went viral.

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Kristen Cashmore

Senior Director
Kristen brings more than 25 years of social justice advocacy to Climate Mobilization. Her previous positions at human rights, public health, environmental justice, and clean energy organizations inform her work with the variety of stakeholders she is engaging with to bring an accelerated response to the climate emergency. Kristen earned a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, where she was a teaching assistant in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Malik Russell

Communications Director

Malik leads Climate Mobilization’s press and communications strategy. He formerly served as Communications Director for the NAACP. He is a journalist, author, community-based educator, and former lecturer in the Department of Strategic Communications at Morgan State University. The former editor of the Washington Afro-American newspaper, he has worked as a journalist in the Black Press for over two decades.He has a BA in American history from Brandeis University and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College in New York, where he was selected as a National Urban Fellow.

Ezra Silk

Deputy Director

Ezra is co-founder of The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. He authored The Climate Mobilization’s Victory Plan, an influential exploration of how the federal government can organize and implement a mobilization to save civilization from the Climate Emergency and ecological crisis. This document directly shaped the demands of the Extinction Rebellion movement and the Green New Deal framework. Ezra was also a lead author of the climate emergency declaration resolution introduced in Congress in July 2019. A former newspaper reporter, Ezra has a BA in history from Wesleyan University.

Matt Renner

Executive Director of The Climate Mobilization

Matt has worked as a nonprofit executive in clean energy, climate policy, and journalism for over a decade, focusing on the near-term social and economic impacts of climate change. He leads organizational expansion and works closely with the communications and organizing teams. Matt earned a BA in political science from UC Berkeley, where he was deeply inspired by the work of Professor George Lakoff.

Laura Berry

Research & Policy Director

Laura brings over a decade of experience to Climate Mobilization in climate advocacy, organizing, research, and policy. She has worked on climate, environmental, and sustainability issues from local to global scales with organizations including the Stockholm Environment Institute, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, and 350.org. She is passionate about deepening democratic engagement in response to the Climate Emergency. Laura has a BA in human ecology from College of the Atlantic and an MSc in global environment, politics, and society from the University of Edinburgh.

Rebecca Harris

Organizing Director

Rebecca leads Climate Mobilization organizing efforts. Along with a history of social movement organizing, Rebecca he has worked as a journalist covering equity in Chicago public schools. Most recently, Rebecca worked as Development and Communications Manager at Latino Union of Chicago, an immigrants’ and workers’ rights organization. She is a 2017 graduate of the Reframe Mentorship in strategic communications and a 2019 participant in the Anne Braden Organizer Training Program.

Marina Mails

Operations and Community Manager
Marina manages operations and volunteers for both The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. She brings broad experience working in non-profit organizations, health care settings, and running her own private counseling practice. Before joining Climate Mobilization, Marina maintained a practice focusing exclusively on climate-related emotional coping, helping people make bold choices for lifestyle and professional change in response to the Climate Emergency. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Counseling from UNC Greensboro.

Sydney Ghazarian

Digital Organizer
Sydney leads digital strategy for The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization project. She is also a founder of National Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialist Working Group and worked to establish climate as a primary focus of the American Left. Sydney has previously worked in journalism and in academic research. Sydney received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California San Diego.

Cris Lagunas

Strategy Director

Cris is helping to grow the Climate Emergency Movement by supporting creative campaigns and extending the reach of the movement’s message. Cris is a co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, an organization dedicated to using direct action tactics to expose, challenge and dismantle the immigration detention system.Cris got his start in organizing when he was 15 years old, getting involved in a local group of fellow undocumented youth.

Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

Founder and Board President

Margaret is the founder of The Climate Mobilization (TCM) and Climate Mobilization Project (CMP) and helped catalyze a worldwide climate emergency movement through her work with both organizations. Margaret now serves as Climate Awakening Program Director. She is the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth (New Society Publishers, April 2020) and several influential essays. She is also a member of the Climate Emergency Fund’s Advisory Board. Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving the Climate Emergency.

AriDy Nox

Organizational Development and Engagement Manager
AriDy brings creativity, enthusiasm and a tremendous capacity for organization to her/their role, assisting the executive director with travel, communication and fundraising. AriDy Nox is a multi-disciplinary black femme storyteller and social activist. They have served as a national representative for The Young Women of Color Leadership Council, the Millennials of Color Leadership Bureau, and held writing positions with Advocates for Youth and RH Reality Check. She has worked as an administrative and executive assistant for a myriad of organizations including the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts at NYU, the Youth Engagement Fund and the Community Resource Exchange.